Articles | Volume 3, issue 6
10 Nov 2010
 | 10 Nov 2010

A new technique for the selective measurement of atmospheric peroxy radical concentrations of HO2 and RO2 using a denuding method

K. Miyazaki, A. E. Parker, C. Fittschen, P. S. Monks, and Y. Kajii

Abstract. A technique for the selective measurement of atmospheric HO2 and RO2 using peroxy radical chemical amplification coupled to laser-induced fluorescence NO2 detection (PERCA-LIF) is demonstrated. By pulling the air through a filled pre-inlet advantage can be taken of the higher heterogeneous loss rate of HO2 relative to CH3O2. Pre-inlet conditions have been found where ca. 90% of HO2 was removed whereas the comparable CH3O2 loss was 15%. The dependence of loss rate on humidity and peroxy radical concentration has been investigated. When using glass beads as the surface for peroxy radical removal, the influence of the relative humidity on the removal efficiency becomes negligible. It may therefore be possible to apply this technique to the measurement of absolute concentrations of solely RO2 as well as the sum of HO2 and RO2. The practical utility of the PERCA-LIF coupled to a denuder has been demonstrated with atmospheric measurements.